LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Goldencents has become a household name, and a strong contender in the Run for the Roses.
This year has been a whirlwind for W.C. Racing, and they may have found their winner. Goldencents is one of the favorites in the Run for the Roses. His owners are liking the odds.
"That's all you need," said Glenn Sorgenstein majority owner of Goldencents. "You need one big horse, and this is the one that we've gotten so far."
It was June 2012 when they knew he was a strong competitor.
"When we got a call from Dennis Oneill and Doug Oneil independently telling me we have a beast, we knew we would be going to the Derby," Sorgenstein said.
"I'm the only person that's ever ridden him, so, I mean, it's a nice feeling to have," said Kevin Krigger, the jockey. "You see the chemistry when I'm on him, between the two of us."
"Everybody sees the Derby, but they forget about all the races it took to get here," Sorgenstein said.
From Del Mar to New York, and winning the Santa Anita Derby, we'll see if the pair can keep up their winning streak at Churchill Downs.
When did it hit him that they were going to the Kentucky Derby?
"Probably after the Santa Anita Derby," said Josh Kaplan, majority owner of Goldencents. "It really sunk in. You always talked about it. People said something, but not until after that victory did it really sink in."
Partners Sorgenstein and Kaplan grew up going to the track in California. The team is living out their dream through this thoroughbred.
"It's very easy to get caught up in all of this, and where you're going, but you always have to remember where you came from," said Sorgenstein.
They are honoring their past through the jockey's uniform. The letters on the uniform mean nothing to most people, but they hold a special place in the their hearts.
"A tribute to all the strong great men in our life that introduced this game to us which is awesome," Kaplan said.
The back of the pants are engraved with their fathers' and grandfathers' initials who passed away. They know they'll be betting up above, and watching Goldencents cross the finish line.
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